IHRA Summit Team Finals season kicks off this weekend at Castrol Raceway

The Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL allows IHRA member tracks to send teams made up of their best drivers from the 2013 racing season to race for team and individual championships at their local Team Finals event. Also, the top racers from each track’s Summit SuperSeries program in Top, Mod and Junior Dragster will run off for the right to go to Memphis International Raceway to compete at the Summit World Finals in October.

The Summit Team Finals season officially kicks off this weekend with the Division 6 Team Finals at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta.

September features the busiest time of the year as six races take place in a three week span from Texas to Pennsylvania. The weekend of September 12-15 will feature the Division 5 Team Finals at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan and the Division 7 Team Finals at Caprock Motorplex in Texas.

Two more Summit Team Finals events will take place the weekend September 18-22 with the Division 2 East Team Finals at Carolina Dragway and the Division 3 Team Finals at Pittsburgh Raceway Park. The month will close with two more September 26-29 at Dallas Raceway in Division 4 and Piedmont Dragway in Division 9.

The Summit Team Finals season will conclude the weekend of October 3-6 with the Division 2 West Team Finals at Memphis International Raceway and the Division 1 Team Finals at Piedmont Dragway.

For more information on the 2013 IHRA Summit Team Finals, visit www.ihra.com and click on the Team Finals schedule for rules, regulations and event schedules. [8/16/2013]

Can Grubby keep hot streak going at Brainerd?

David Grubnic, driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, is confident that he and his team will continue to build on their winning momentum this weekend at the annual running of the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway in Minnesota.

Grubnic and the team are coming off a runner-up finish, their first final round of the season, at the previous event in Seattle. The team was the No. 2 qualifier in Seattle, and they were the No. 1 qualifier at the event prior to Seattle in Sonoma, Calif.

“We have a really quick race car right now,” Grubnic said. “My team has been busting their guts all year and their hard work is paying off. It’s very important that we continue our recent success this weekend in Brainerd. We are fighting tooth and nail to get a spot in the Countdown and every point counts. Hopefully we’ll keep our momentum going in the next two races and go into the Countdown on a hot streak.”

Top Fuel drivers now have only two events remaining to qualify for NHRA’s six-event Countdown to the Championship, by being in the top ten in Mello Yello championship points when racing concludes at the U.S. Nationals Aug. 28-Sept. 2. Grubnic is currently in 11th place, 78 points away from the top ten. He entered Seattle 126 points behind 10th place.   [8/16/2013]

WCHRA points tighten up heading into finale

DJ Reid topped the Outlaw 8.5 qualifying.  (Paul Schmitz photo)

We ran the winner’s photos in last month’s Bakersfield Saturday Night Nitro story, but now you can see the complete West Coast Hot Rod Association results in our Race Coverage.

The WCHRA will return to AAA Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the 2013 West Coast Finals on Sept. 14-15. All classes will be running including the Brackets, Index, S/E, Pro Slammers, 6.90 Slammers, Turbo VW, the “new” Top Doorslammer class (dial in 6.60–7.60). In addition their three small tire heads-up classes of Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 8.5 and Limited 10.5 will be battling it out in the Edelbrock Championship Shootout.  [8/16/2013]

Oswald returns to Candies AA/ Funny Car seat

Mark Oswald, who drove the Candies & Hughes Ford Probe FC, returned to his roots last weekend by driving the new tribute Candies Family Nostalgia Funny Car we showed you earlier at the annual Night Under Fire show at Norwalk Raceway Park. Oswald defeated Chad Head in a match race, running a best of 5.77/226 in the process. [8/16/2013]